JACKSON CIVIL Engineering is using a new side-grip sheet piler on £3.6M flood improvements on the River Sow in Stafford.
The Movax SP40E can handle piles up to 13m long and the side grip enables the machine to be manoeuvred easily around obstructions.
An on-board computer controls the verticality of the pile and means a piling guide is not needed.
This is the first contract for Jackson as an Environment Agency framework contractor. It decided to use the Movax machine because otherwise a number of piling techniques would have been needed to cope with the variety of locations.
Jackson converted the hydraulics of the machine to run on vegetable oil in line with EA best practice.
Work includes new walls to protect central Stafford from flooding. Construction, supervised by WS Atkins, began in April and will be finished in October 2003.